Emirates News Agency – Demand for lifesaving aid up 10 percent this year: UN Relief Chief

GENEVA, 19th May, 2022 (WAM) — The number of people in need has risen by around 10 percent this year so far, the UN’s humanitarian affairs Chief said on Thursday.

Martin Griffiths, who is also the Emergency Relief Coordinator, said that around 303 million living in 69 countries, were in need of humanitarian aid and protection, compared with 274 million last December – a statistic which he described to reporters in Geneva, as “a sad record of human suffering.”

“The number of people we aim to reach through our response plans, 202 million, is also more than 10 percent higher than what we projected last December,” said Chief Griffiths.

“And the money we need is up from US$41 billion to US$46 billion today – five billion dollars more. Donors have so far generously contributed almost US$6 billion to our response plans up till now, as recorded by our tracking service.

“Looking at the raw numbers, and with the extra funding, humanitarian aid had just met the rising costs, but barely made a dent in the requirements that we need to address. This is the growing gap problem we are struggling with across the world. It is a real problem and not just mathematics, and it has consequences for the people we want to help,” he added.

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